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March 8, 2019 — A matter of timing

Today is International Women’s Day.

And I find it interesting that the entire 28-member roster of the U.S. women’s national soccer team has joined a lawsuit accusing the United States Soccer Federation of long-term and systemic gender discrimination.

Interestingly, the U.S. men’s national team released a statement today joining with their sisters, the current World Cup holders, in support. One interesting sentence jumps out: “An equal division of revenue attributable to the MNT and WNT programs is our primary pursuit as we engage with the US Soccer Federation in collective bargaining.”

In other words, the men get it. They have seen the U.S. women having to play more matches to make less money, and to play in some substandard facilities with artificial grass rather than natural turf.

It’s as if though the cleat, such as it is, is on the other foot when it comes to gender inequity in sports. A lot of the profits made by the U.S. women fund the plurality of the operating budget for the USSF, and the Mia Hamms and Carli Lloyds of the world are tired of it.

And with just five friendlies to play before the Americans open up the defense of their World Cup in France this summer, I hope that the team has the full attention of the USSF.